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Nashville Predators at Columbus Blue Jackets
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 6:00 EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: On the Forecheck

Nashville Predators, 27-21-8, 62 points, 4th Central, 7th East
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Columbus Blue Jackets, 37-15-5, 79 points, 3rd Metro, 3rd East

Season Series

1/26/17 CBJ 3 @ NSH 4
2/18/17 NSH @ CBJ

Preview

Welcome back, Ryan Johansen.

Joey makes his return to Columbus for the first time since he was traded to Nashville last season. It’ll be bittersweet because I loved Johansen, but I would make that trade again for Seth Jones every single day of the week.

Lukas Sedlak may miss the game with a lower body injury. If he does, expect Sam Gagner to slot in at center. Scott Hartnell will return for this game tonight. Hartnell admitted that, if Friday’s game was a playoff game, he’d have been out there. Good to have Hartsy back.

Stats Matchup

Nashville Columbus
2.79 (13) GPG 3.19 (5)
2.64 (13) GAPG 2.42 (4)
19.0% (17) PP% 22.4% (3)
82.0% (13) PK% 82.2% (12)
50.3% (16) EV Corsi % 50.6% (15)
100.3 (11) EV PDO 101.2 (5)
Viktor Arvidsson, 18 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 27
Ryan Johansen, 31 A Leader Alexander Wennberg, 36
Ryan Johansen, 40 P Leader Cam Atkinson, 50
Austin Watson, 69 PIM Leader Josh Anderson, 62
11-14-2 Road / Home 21-8-1
5-4-1 Last 10 5-4-1

Probable Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets

Brandon Saad Alexander Wennberg Oliver Bjorkstrand
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Josh Anderson William Karlsson Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert Sam Gagner Scott Hartnell
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson David Savard
Ryan Murray Markus Nutivaara
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo

Nashville Predators

Filip Forsberg Ryan Johansen Viktor Arvidsson
Pontus Aberg Mike Fisher Craig Smith
Colin Wilson Calle Jarnkrok James Neal
Austin Watson Vernon Fiddler Harry Zolnierczyk
Roman Josi Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm PK Subban
Matt Irwin Yannick Weber
Pekka Rinne
Juuse Saros